Ognyan has knowledge and experience in designing, implementing and monitoring of projects/programs, focused on inclusive and intercultural education. His many years of experience is supplemented by expertise aimed at empowering oppressed communities, community development and organizing. In recent years, Ognyan has conducted studies aimed at promoting professional debate, ethics and professional standards among leading Media. He also has experience in leading of trainings on topics such as: cultural dimensions, human rights, discrimination, communication, negotiation and advocacy. He has publications for several Bulgarian and foreign Media outlets on topics related to equal opportunities, social justice, and challenges that Roma community in Bulgaria faces.
Prior to joining the Trust, Ognyan served as а Country Facilitator for Bulgaria at Roma Education Fund – Budapest, where he is responsible for Bulgarian portfolio at Grant program of the foundation. The scope of his work and expertise includes: access to quality education, educational desegregation, early childhood development, institutional partnerships, public fundraising, policy analyzes and advocacy, project management, community work and etc.
Ognyan graduated from the Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen with BA degree in Journalism. He also graduated from the St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo with MA degree in Psychology. As well as, Ognyan is a member of the Alumni network of Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitar Panitsa”.